Tommy's kids charity helps pregnant women go through pregnancy and face with the problems that sometimes come with it.
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Estelle Matthews: Tommy’s baby beliefs every baby deserves the best start in life. Tommy’s is committed to funding medical search and providing information to help more moms and dads through a healthy pregnancy and birth. With me in the studio is Jane Brewin, Chief Executive of Tommy’s and joining her is Debbie Lawson whose baby Jamie was actually born 16 week premature. Well, welcome to you both and thank you for bringing in Jamie. Hope he stays happy on there so far. Can I ask you first of all about Tommy’s, just generally for those who don’t know about it? What’s the charity all about? Jane Brewin: Well, Tommy’s is really interested in pregnancy and we will set up because unfortunately some people do have problems in pregnancy, so specifically, we’re interested in trying to prevent miscarriage, premature birth, and still birth. In other words, to try to give us many moms and dads the best answer of having a healthy baby. Estelle Matthews: And we’ll go into more details in just a minute, but that’s need to be -- and did you know anything about the charity when you were about to have Jamie? Debbie Lawson: No. Obviously, I would had the name, but I think -- 75 and just self in that situation, you’re not really exposed to all the different charities that’s available, but of course, we hear about it very quickly. Estelle Matthews: Have you actually used the charity? Have you been helped to told by the work that Tommy’s had offered? Debbie Lawson: I’ve gone into their websites a lot and read up a lot where Jamie was born in some area obviously, to lot of backup from there as well, so I think I’m aware of the work that they’re doing. Estelle Matthews: No many people are very much aware of them how well -- nerve rocking the route is when you’ve had a premature baby and just that everyone can see, I mean this was the size of little Jamie’s foot when he was first, so he was born four months early and there is a picture of Jamie; see the size of the hand and that is amazing, he was just tiny. How much did he weight? Debbie Lawson: He weighted one pound eleven that is 950 grams more or less. So, he was really tiny. Estelle Matthews: Very, very light -- well, looking at him now, he absolutely -- does he have any developmental problem. He seems to be absolutely suited. Debbie Lawson: As far as we know at the moments that nothing has come to light. He seems to be developing really well, we’ve been very fortunate, he’s been very fortunate. Estelle Matthews: He is actually a miracle baby because there are that many that a -- of 24 weeks, I mean you may step in here and if he really is truly a miracle. Isn’t it? Jane Brewin: Yes, 24 weeks is really very, very early and the statics are that only 50% of babies born at 24 weeks after they survive. And those that do have usually have some problem or another, so Jamie really is a miracle. And also, I think he gives everyone hope that just because haven’t early baby, it doesn’t mean to say that it necessarily has to end badly and in fact he is so greatly bundle of fun in energy. Estelle Matthews: Now, you’ve done many research projects and what’s your latest? Jane Brewin: Well, we’re concentrating in lots and lots of different research projects and we’re looking at everything from the pure science because until you understand how pregnancy works in detail and we’ve called to decide, in a sense how to actually treat it, and then -- Estelle Matthews: Jamie is actually looking for his -- far end to another moment, he might take a while to find this so, do sorry about that. Jane Brewin: We’ve done lots of work looking at also some potential treatments. And probably, one of the most high profiles that is we doing is looking at a disease -- which affects quite a lot of pregnancies and it’s really, really, really serious problem. We’re busy, I’m just finishing of a trail and I’m looking at giving women doses of Vitamin C and E and hoping to prevent the onset of -- by just giving those simple vitamins